Christie Under Investigation For Misuse of Sandy Funds
Matt | On 16, Jan 2014
Who is having the worst January ever? It would hands down be New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, if we are discussing politics.
By now, America knows that Christie has been caught up in Bridgegate — the story that Christie and/or his staffers allegedly shut down lanes in September 2013 on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ in an act of political retribution to an unknown target.
But, there’s another controversy brewing around Christie and it has to do with the possible misuse of $25 million allocated for Sandy relief funds. The money was earmarked for a marketing campaign designed to get people to visit the Jersey shore again after it was battered in the storm.
The money in question has to do with over $4 million paid to a firm that featured Christie and his family in their proposed recovery ads. The next cheapest bid was half that amount and did not feature the governor or his family at all. Since the ads ran last summer, federal auditors will see if Christie was used the ads as an underhanded way to campaign for his re-election in the fall. It is illegal to use those funds for campaign purposes.
The investigation into the use of funds will take months, according to CNN.
All of this news around Christie in the past two weeks is weighing heavily on his ability to run for president in 2016. It will be interesting to see if he can weather not only this Sandy funding storm, but the larger issue with who knew what and when in regards to the GWB lane closures.
In spite of everything going on, Christie delivered his 2014 State of the State speech on Wednesday in Trenton. Business as usual still has to be conducted for the people of New Jersey.